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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Door handle and window crank dilema

I have an early 65 and the PO installed a 66 drivers door with 66 window crank and door mechanism. The 66 inside handles look quite different than the 65's The 65 cranks won't stay on with the clips in place. Can I do something/modification to keep the handles in place.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 11:49 PM
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IIRC these SD door handle mechanisms work with either the '65 clip-on handles or the '66 screw-on handles.
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The earlier clip handles suck anyway and always fall off... If I were you, I would just use the Screw-On ones..but that's me. There's a good reason that they went to the "Hex Screw-on" Type in Mid '65....and carried it thru '67... It was not only a problem, but a safety thing.. It's actually much easier to change the rear window regulators than change the Doors Window Regulators... so you can really go either way... If it's just one door, Then just find the correct early window regulator. It makes the most sense if its just one area...but if its two, Yu might as well change them all to the later screw-on ones.. IMHO..

Another cheap option is to use a centerpunch and drill and tap holes for the later Screw-on handles in your earlier regulators. It works great.. I've done it on a few cars over the years. You have to mount the window regulator shaft in a vise to do it though. It works great though.


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Removing the regulator isnt bad...takes maybe 10 minutes(its much more of a pain to remove the glass) or at least it takes 10 minutes once you have done it once...but assume about 20 minutes to put it back together. You might be able to drill and tap them in place....but you would need to have a very steady hand and/or some type of jig to keep the bit perpendicular...but since they come out as fast as they do, there is no reason to try that craziness
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I would just install late '65 screw-on handles.

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Could you use a dremel or something and cut in a groove on the 66 regulator for the 65 clip?

Just a thought
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-19-2019, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe View Post
I would just install late '65 screw-on handles.
These were the same handles used on 66-67, and will look nothing like his early 65 RH handles.
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Could you use a Dremel™ or something and cut in a groove on the 66 regulator for the 65 clip?
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It's a good thought. That's essentially what the Drake early/late item does.

Getting the replacement regulator and handle is probably what he'll need to do, though. Pity, when the door was being replaced it would have taken well under an hour to swap over the correct parts.

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Unless you're going for a concours car, use the screw-on handles. They look pretty much the same. My window guts have been changed, and the passenger door is from a '66, so I've got the screw-ons, and never gave it a second thought.
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Compare it to the other side assuming it still has the original door. Seems like I remember a notch that you might cut in with a hack saw or a dremel as said above.
I never had a problem with the clip style coming off, in fact great pains trying to remove them without a trim tool.

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